Tim interviews Sam Ng from New Zealand's own Optimal Usability
about the design and development of Optimal Workshop. This UX
design suite combines three applications, including OptimalSort
which we talked about in DC42, and we hear how a UX research and
design consultancy becomes a product developer. What's it like to
walk the UX talk we tell our clients when they create products?
Listen up and find out!
Optimal Workshop is at
Optimal Usability is at
New Zealand isn't just about cool accents, great UX practitioners,
and beautiful sights, though. No sirree. There's a whole tradition
of innovative and very top-quality music from this small country at
the bottom of the world.
Hear ye! We close this episode with a full song from a great New
Zealand musician, Phil Judd. His self-published "Novelty Act" album
in 2006 is still the best album Tim has heard in a very long time.
Phil Judd co-founded Split Enz in the mid-70s with Tim Finn, was
the driving force behind later bands The Swingers and Schnell
Fenster, and has done terrific soundtracks as well. "Falling Off A
Cloud" is one of Phil's more upbeat numbers, but the amazing
"Novelty Act" album is full of classic Judd variety: fun poppy
weirdness, hard-rockin' weirdness, sensitive and tragic ukelele
weirdness... just catchy, infectiously complex pop genius.